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on your jobs, not ours. >> there were cheers in chicago and tears in boston. after the long hard fight, it was all over for the challenger. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. >> now after the bruising campaign and facing a congress as divided as it was before the election, president obama and the country prepare for the next four years. >> thank you, america! god bless you! god bless these united states. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "america this morning" with rob nelson and paula faris. >>> good wednesday morning, everybody. four years ago barack obama stood on the brink of history the morning after his election. now four years later he stands on the brink of a second term. >> the president has won re-election after a hard-fought campaign, saying he returned to the white house more determined and decisive than ever. >> and he claimed a decisive and sweeping victory over challenger mitt romney although the popular vote is a lot tighter. >> but in the end, almost all of the key battleground states, includ
is covering the romney campaign in boston. we begin with bigad shaban. >> reporter: president obama is spending election day in chicago. he cast his ballot there during early voting almost two weeks ago. the president wrapped up his campaign in des moines last night, just steps away from his iowa headquarters during his first presidential bid in 2008. >> are you fired up? >> reporter: president obama made one final plea for votes in the critical battleground state. >> after all the months of campaigning, after all the rallies, after the millions of dollars of ads, it all comes down to you. it's out of my hands now. >> reporter: president obama plans to continue his election day tradition of playing basketball with friends. >> reporter: i'm randall pinkston in boston. underscoring how close this election is expected to be, the first town in the nation to vote ended in a tie. >> this has never happened before. we have a tie. >> reporter: they gave five votes each for the president and mitt romney. romney plans to cast his own ballot in massachusetts this morning. he will then immediat
echoing the excitement of four years ago. >>> and in boston a gracious concession from a worthy opponent in the long, hard-fought and extremely expensive race. >> a victorious president obama says "we are all in this together." now the work on the second term, creating more jobs, healing the economy, moving forward with health care reforms begins for president barack obama. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> and good wednesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm paula faris. barack obama has been re-elected president of the united states, declared the winner just after 11:00 eastern last night. winning pretty much all the key battleground states including ohio on his way to clinch the 270 electoral votes that he needed. >> predicted a long night. didn't really end up being one. ended pretty quickly. electoral college, sweeping victory for the president. despite the big margin he won by in the college. the popular vote still a lot closer. that going down to the wire. there you see the crowd outside abc news election headquarters in times square. they went wi
headquarters in boston with what this evening has in store for the form he governor. visiting a couple of key swing states this afternoon and through the day before showing up here for election night. he started in ohio and then to pittsburgh. something he is trying to do last night in new hampshire. let's give a listen to what he had to say. >> the last months of our campaign have seen the gathering of strength. a real movement across this country. look at the size of these crowds. i understand that there are a few thousand people outdoors who couldn't get in. >> and the significant crowd expected here tonight as well. either plate tonight, either a concession speech or celebrate a hard fought victory. that is the latest live from boston. back to you, jim, pat. >>> thanks. president obama will watch election returns tonight in chicago. today he stopped by one of his campaign field offices. he thanked volunteers in person and on the phone. for their work on his behalf. steve handelsman has covered every step of this presidential caaign. he joins us live in chicago to wrap it all up. it is all
for abc news. >> i'm brandi hitt in boston where the room fell silent the minute it was announced mitt romney lost the key battleground state of ohio and then the election. romney supporters here were convinced he would win some of the key battleground states. he just fell short in states like pennsylvania, ohio and also virginia. here is what mitt romney told his supporters after he called president obama to congratulate him. >> this is -- time of great challenges for america and pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation. i so wish -- i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader and so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. thank you and god bless america. you guys were the best! thank you so much! [ cheers and applause ] thank you! thanks, guys. >> reporter: mitt romney thanked his donors, volunteers and supporters and says beside choosing his wife ann, picking paul ryan as a runningmate was the best decision he has ever made. ron, paula. r
welker, thank you, on the trail. >>> and now, in boston, after a sad night there, the question what went wrong in the romney campaign. peter alexander covering, there for us tonight. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you here in boston, this is apparently the intersection of politics and the nor'easter, in the words of one top aide to the romney campaign tonight. the mood in the campaign is a lot like this weather, dreary, at the end of a six-year long quest for the white house. tonight, mitt romney is left asking himself what might have been. dressed in a business suit and surrounded by family and friends, and for a final few hours, a secret service team, mitt romney this morning left his boston hotel, quickly returning to life as a private citizen. on this november 7th, the day governor romney promised voters he would get to work, the only campaign work left to do, packing up, and tearing down. just before 9:00 this morning, almost 90 minutes after most networks had called the race, mr. romney took the stage alone. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left eve
. >> and in boston, a gracious concession from a worthy opponent in the long, hard-fought and extremely expensive race. >> a victorious president obama says we are all in this together. now the work on a second term, creating more jobs, healing the economy, moving forward with health care reforms begins for president barack obama. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm paula faris. >> i'm rob nelson. an abbreviated version of "world news now." we'll check in live with "nightline" in just a second. for right now it is official. america has rehired the president. he won last night. handling the electoral college, and coming back in january for a second term. so it really was kind of a stunning night here. he really -- and most of the battleground if not all, won, fought back romneyen all of the cases. saw a very gracious concession speech from governor romney. clearly disappointed. went to a raucous scene in chicago with the president. still very much a divided country. look at the electoral college it wasn't close. in the popular vote the was really close. i think the points, come out of this, this was n
will be the united states of america. >> romney made his concession speech before his supporters in boston. the loss ends a six-year quest for the presidency for the former massachusetts governor. he lost the republican nomination to john mccain in 2008. romney wished president obama well, but also noted the deep divide amongst the parties in washington and urged leaders to work together. >> the nation as you know is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our lead verse to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> while the electoral college makes this win look far more decisive than the popular vote, that is just one of the quirks of the u.s. electoral voting system that many people worldwide have been learning about. 303, the number of delegates that he has to romney's 206. despite the very close popular vote, again, the electoral college votes make it much more decisive. florida remains a toss-up. clearly not going to make a difference to the overall outcome. 270, that was the number to reesm we knew once we started to get the
at the stage in boston, as a matter of fact, where the crowd, a lot more subdued as you might expect is awaiting mitt romney to step forward and at some point i suspect soon, we will hear from the former governor of massachusetts who as we said is in boston. he will come forward to acknowledge he has been defeated despite running a very tough and hard campaign against an incumbent as has been noted many times, this is the first time since franklin roosevelt has been re-elected with unemployment this high. but here we are. >> that was a key issue in the exit polling tonight, derek. people talking about the economy and trying to find a best way forward. there were so many undecided voters who are trying to decide do we stick with the current course. is it change that we need. the economy and its progress out of one of the worst recessions we have ever seen. a key issue in this undecided women voters. so many elements we didn't even have 4 years ago. >> we talked about how close the election would be. if the numbers hold up and just perhaps president obama gets florida or virginia, the
that gave him more latitude with the conservative base of the party. >> woodruff: speak of boston, and other places, let's hear now from our colleagues-- actually, ray suarez is in chicago. he and margaret warner are at the two presidential campaign headquarters, but, ray, we're going to come to you first. are you in chicago, and that's where president obama is tonight. >> that's right. he's just a few miles away. he's not here yet. and neither are a lot of the senior officials from the campaign. i think they probably want to waito see a little bit more, but illinois senior senator, senator dick durbin is here, and there have been a lot of poll closings, a lot of projections, but so far no surprises. what do you need to see before you can really relax? >> some of the key battled ground states-- florida, virginia, ohio, and of course when we get in the midwest, a little closer to my activity in the last few months for the president, taking a look at wis cons and i know iowa. if we can get the job done in the midwest, and i hope we do glie you're not up thisickle. whn you don't have a race, wh
basketball with friends. i'm bigad shaban in chicago. >>> i'm randall pinkston in boston. mitt and ann romney voted this morning in the boston suburban of belmont. he won't waste anytime today. he is now headed to am can pain rallies in cleveland and pittsburgh, saying momentum is on his side. >> these last months of our campaign have seen the gathering of strength of a real movement across this country. >> yes, sir! >> it's evident in the size of these crowds. >> reporter: and the first election results are in. >> this has never happened before in dixville. we have a tie. >> reporter: dixville notch gave 5 votes to each, president obama and mitt romney. it's the first town in the nation to vote. and we just received word that mitt romney and ann romney have cast their ballots as he was leaving the polling place someone asked him, who did you vote for? his response, i think you know. reporting live in boston, i'm randall pinkston. back to you. >> i think we all know. all right. randall pinkston in boston, thank you. >>> vice president joe biden and his wife jill cast their ballots early this
early voters mitt romney, new video just in romney emerged from his polling place in boston moments ago. he cast his rote in belmont, massachusetts. tonight he detail -- he will head to nearby boston. first last minute campaigning in ohio and pennsylvania both battle tkpwhrupbd states. president obama and the first lady are in chicago this morning. air force one arrived in the city last night following campaign stops in several battleground states. mr. obama will not be voting today he and the first lady cast their votes early. tonight election night party [ unintelligible ] >>> here in california one of the most closely watched races today will be prop 30. amy hollyfield joins you live from oakland where the governor is expected to cast his ballot in the next hour. >> reporter: here at fire station 6, governor brown will be surrounded by teachers and students he is not the only one advocating for the proposition. yesterday former labor secretary robert reich held a rally. regents said tuition would go up $2400 next semester without prop 30. governor brown held rallies yesterday across
the scandal of the boston police department @and spying on activists as well as federalization of local law enforcement. we only have a brief amount of time, but maybe you could talk about those issues and how they relate to the big picture of what has been debated over power militarization of law enforcement, spying on dissidents in general. >> we published a report called the leasing -- policing defense, which has blown the lid off a scandal. the boston police department has been spying on the peaceful activity of antiwar groups and peace groups in the city of boston. this is a major story in boston and unfortunately did not make it to the level of the statewide political race as far as the warren brown contest was concern. that is unfortunate, and that has to change. we saw with the occupied movement, i like to refer to it lifting rocks that showed the unseemly side of what has been going on. you really saw police departments, advanced equipment deployed at largely peaceful protest groups. this problem is getting worse. they will continue to fund the police departments for their federali
with reporters. peter alexander is live at romney headquarters if boston. peter, what's the vibe there? >> reporter: s.e., we can show you live pictures of what's happening right now. mitt romney is touching down in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. you noted the earlier stop in ohio. it was the romney campaign plan for him to go to ohio. governor romney said as long as they're out there, why don't we find another place to stop as well? that's where they came up with pennsylvania. this is significant because one of those states, ohio with 18 electoral votes, is a place he showered with attention. pennsylvania is one that he has largely ignored. here campaign advisers continue to be exceedingly confident he'll do well tonight. i spoke to a source close to the campaign a few minutes ago who said vadz is the lynchpin this evening. it's one of the first states to report back at 7:00 whenle polls close, and they say that's a place to give them a better sense of which direction this night will go. it's a state that the republicans know that they need to win tonight. beyond that advisers say that gov
. running mate paul ryan will vote in wisconsin before joining romney in boston. and vice president joe biden will vote in delaware before joining the president in chicago. nbc's tracie pots is in cincinnati, ohio. she has the details on the candidates' final frantic day of campaigning. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: we're at a polling place in ohio. already a busy day. a busy crowd back and forth. lots of people planning to vote here in ohio, but they weren't the first to vote this morning. for the first time ever and with its lowest turnout in almost 50 years, a tie this morning in tiny dixville, notch. just after midnight they cast five votes for president obama, five for governor romney. a few hours south in manchester the governor ends his campaign. >> the last months of our campaign have seen the gathering of strength from a real movement across this country. it's evident in the size of these crowds like this tonight. my goodness. [ cheers and applause ] and i understand that there are a few thousand people outdoors that couldn't get in, too. >> reporter: after voting n
house campaign and carl cameron who followed the romney campaign is live in boston. >> . >>> it's very, very close, they know it's a needle that needs to be thread, they are just wonder figure it can get done tonight, tomorrow or ever. >> carl cam cameron live with the camp tonight. let's go to ed henry. with the president's camp and live in chicago. hey ed. . >>> you have to be in line when the polls close right? you have to be in line when the polls close and if you are in line then you can stay in line and they promise you will be able to vote. that means people have been in line for at least four hours. how long was the line when they got there? it could have been longer than four hours. that's florida for you tonight. florida. it's always florida. there is the possibility of a recount in florida which frankly now mayor may not matter for the president but you have to do it. >> if it's with in 1% of each other. if you are talking about excitement of voters that's maybe your best indication that voters excited in how dominant the economy was in the election. where there are a lot
cameron at the romney headquarters in boston. plus ed henry with the obama camp in chicago. we'll tell you which states to watch, when the polls close and what is at stake in each one of them. plus, we'll run down reports of voter fraud and intimidation. hope you stay with us for the hour. the way we'll do it, run to the swing state and start with virginia. bob, what is going on in virginia? what is the latest? >> bob: it depends on the turn-out in the northern virginia. democratic stronghold. the other issue is how big they turn out in virginia beach and hampton road area. promilitary. obama did very well down there last time. he won't do as well this time. >> eric: can i point something out? the stock market rallied very, very strong today. a lot of people saying what is going on? obama rally? romney rally? especially virginia, for virginia, the coal industry rallied strongly. oil and coal, drilling and mining were very, very strong today. maybe virginia is, you know, will benefit from romney win. maybe that is what -- >> bob: maybe they know something more than we know at this point. >>
our colleague ray swawrers and hopefully we'll be joined by margaret warner in boston. ray is at the presidential candidate night headquarters in chicago. ray, what is the sense right now? when we talk about this ground game issue, what does the campaign say about what they have over the romney campaign in terms of ground game? >> they said this time instead of sending volunteers and sending field workers from state to state, they concentrated much more heavily on using people that people know. i mean it sounds kind of obvious. but all the research shows that when someone you know talks about you... talks to you about casting the vote in the first place or voting for the person you prefer, that has a lot more impact than somebody showing up at your door with paperwork, a leaflet or a pitch for a candidate. so they've put much more emphasis on having people work their own neighborhoods this time around. and they say they have hit their marks, that they are getting out their numbers. and so far so good. gwen? >> ifill: well, ray, i'm also curious. you're standing there at the
colleague ray swawrers and hopefully we'll be joined by oargaret warner in boston. ray is at the presidential candidate nigh headquarters in hicago. ray, what is the sense right now? when we talk about this ground game issue, what does the campaign say about what they have over the romney campaign ic terms of ground game? >> they said this time instead of sending volunteers and sending field workers from state to state, they concentrated much more heavily on using people that people know. i mean it sounds kind of obvious. but all the research shows that when someone you know talks about you... talks to youatbout casting the vote in the first place or voting for the person you prefer, that has a lot more impact than somebody showing up at your door with paperwork, a leaflet or a pitch for a candidate. so they've put much more emphasis on havingb people work their own neighborhoods this time around. and they say they have hit their marks, that they are getting out their numbers. and so far so good. gwen? >> ifill: well, ray, i'm also curious. you're standing there at the
, nancy. jan crawford has been covering the romney campaign. she is in boston tonight. jan? >> well, scott, governor romney just landed here about an hour ago after making campaign stops in that key state of ohio and in pennsylvania. he talked to reporters on the way back on the plane and he said he felt good about this campaign. they hadn't left anything in the locker room and that he thinks they're going to win. he said he just finished his victory speech. he's not written a concession speech. now, the mood inside the campaign tonight, scott, is one of cautious optimism, i'd say. but there is a little bit of nervousness and here's why: campaign sources that i'm talking with tonight say they are encouraged by the high numbers of republican turnout they're seeing in these swing states like ohio, florida, virginia. they believe that will outperform john mccain in 2008. that's the key to this election. they really had to run up the score in those areas. but here's where the nervousness comes in. they're also seeing some of the president's turnout in some of those democratic areas like in nor
they will close in ottawa, montana, and utah. alaska closes at 1:00 a.m. eastern time. we're in boston where the romney headquarters is located. the president and his team is in chicago. we're at the rnc headquarters in washington, d.c. and on capitol hill where the democrats are gathering and all evening we will show you the latest results. these are actual numbers. these are not projections as we track the key house, senate, and gov.'s races as well as the presidential race and you can keep track of all this on our website. this is the only network that gives you a forum to express your views in what is happening with results tonight and you can do so by giving us a phone call. the number is 202-730-triples 32. [inaudible] you can also join us on our twitter page. #cspan2012. we will get that in a couple of minutes. john boehner is here and let's get to some of the latest results. >> ap is calling some states in the presidential contest. let's start with new hampshire and take a look at the results. with 20% of precincts reporting, president obama has 55%. mitt romney at 44%. let's move on
in boston, where bystanders said, you could hear a pin drop, as the networks called the election for president obama. reports last night that governor romney was so confident in his victory, he had only written one speech beforehand, a victory speech. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. [ cheers and applause ] i so wish -- i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. >> reporter: but in the end, it was not even close. obama won even those outstanding battlegrounds, like virginia, nevada. >> i just spoke with governor romney. and we may have battled fiercely. but it's only because we love this country deeply. >> reporter: so, george, the question, now, what now? and president obama has said that he will reach out to republican leaders. he wants to meet with mitt romney. he even last night reached out to romney voters. where are some areas of compromise? perhaps tax reform. perhaps immigration reform. we'll see in the days ahead. george? >> that's right. t
that critical 270 vote threshold in the electoral college. he was in boston when he waited for the returns to come in. he spoke to an enthusiastic crowd. he thanked them and said that he had conceded the race to president obama. >> i just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well but particularly the president, the first lady and their tauters. >> this is a time of great chapel cleng and i pray he will be successful. romney did 294 different campaign stops through out the course of it. even though the election is over he says big challenges still face the country. >> i ran for office because i am concerned about americans. this election is over, i believe the principles with which this nation was founded is the only sure guide to a surging key con me. they thought they had a good fast victory. even iffed mid best to reach the 7270 we needed. >> doug lou saider live in walking the balance of power remains the same for us. ainsley is here to break it down. >> the gop will remain in control of t
hoped for. msnbc's chris jansing is outside headquarters in boston. it's eerie how quiet it is. there's nothing going on behind you. that's not the way they thought this was going to be the morning after the election. >> to say the least. and you mentioned mitt romney had spent almost seven years for president. it was over in about five minutes. a short of gracious concession speech. but that was preceded, chuck, by 90 of what were thought to be bizarre minutes where the media called for barack obama. and some for mitt romney said they would contest it there. at one point ryan got in his van and returned to the hotel. there was a question even when they said he was coming over here to make remarks whether it would be a concession speech. about an hour and a half after the networks called it, the mitt romney did call the president and then came into this ballroom for what i said was a very brief and very gracious final comment. so after one of the most -- the most expensive presidential race in history and one of the most acrimonious, mitt romney called for unity. >> the nation as you
states. mitt romney voted this morning near his boston area home with his wife. romney is now heading to ohio and then pennsylvania where he is making last-minute campaign appearances. this was just announced yesterday before heading back to boston this evening. president obama is back home in chicago where he will watch the results come in later this evening. coming up at 7:15, we will have a guide to the key returns today and when we could know the results of the presidential election. >> time 7:01 you heard tori the polls opened moments ago here in california. we have reporters all over the bay area covering today's local, state and national issues. you see the reporters there tara and everybody else we will start with ktvu's at polling place in san jose good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is the register office and they are giving away the i voted stickers here. you can see behind me there areelection workers waiting here for cars to drive on through. they have the setup for pool's convenience and these election workers are greeting the voters and take ballots as they dr
in wisconsin before joining romney in boston and vice president joe biden will vote in delaware before joining the president in ohio. we have details on the candidates' final frantic day of campaigning. tracy i poe tracie potts is wit >>> look at the cincinnati enquirer with the faceoff picture in the headline. it's all up to us. ohio at the center of the political universe. while this state may in fact be important, it wasn't the first to vote. for the first time ever and with its lowest turnout in almost 50 years, a tie this morning in tiny dixville notch. they cast five votes for barack obama, five for governor romney. a few hours south in manchester, the governor ends his campaign. these last months of our campaign have seen the gathering of strength of a real movement across this country. it's evident in the size of these crowds like this tonight. my goodness. [ applause ] and i understand that there are a few thousand people outdoors who couldn't get in, too. >> after voting near boston this morning, the governor hits the road again, thanking campaign workers in pennsylvania and ohio, tw
are home, after a bruising, final day. we're in chicago and boston. >>> also, new concerns in the storm zone. the coldest night so far. and another storm on the way. but some people without heat are still refusing to leave. >>> and from the cold to california's hot, dry winds. fire danger running high in the golden state. >>> and liar, liar. jimmy kimmel's election day prank with hilarious responses, you just have to hear. >>> good morning. it is election day. as you said, finally. >> finally. >> it all comes down to today, after the long, expensive campaign. all the ads. all the attacks. all the polls. all the promises. all the money. all the hype. today, the american people will choose their next president. >> and for weeks, as we've said, it's been an extremely tight race. and with election day 2012 finally here, your voice will be heard and your vote counted. we have correspondents with both campaigns that begin this election morning, with abc's t.j. winick. he's live for us in chicago. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. well, the president wrapped up his c
roberts was there in boston again today with a recap, john? >> the governor put on a brave face. but he was experiencing bitter disappointment and a long, long road to get where he was. it does go to show that the were accurate in what they were hoying and always happens in every four years. they were looking attractive in closing days, they really weren't. the real question it. broadly divided as the country is and big issues facing us, is this a recipe for grid lock or will it spark dipartisan legislation. mitt romney said he would reach across the aisle and he asked those in charge next year to get something done. >> the nation as you know is at a criticical point we can't risk political bickers and partisanship. we have storeach across the aisle. we look to teachers and professors and county on you to teach and inspire our children with passion and discovery. >> the president pledged to meet with mitt romney to talk about the problems . if the republican party hopes to win back the white house it has work to do. governor romney lost among women and lost the hispanic vote. president
is covering this election night. first we'll go to jan crawford in boston with the romney campaign. jan? >> reporter: well, scott, after 17 months of campaigning, that hard fought primary, and then, of course, the bruising general election battle, governor romney and his wife ann cast their votes this morning here in massachusetts. then governor romney was off for a little more campaigning trying to get every possible vote. he went to ohio and pennsylvania. here's what he said when he met with some campaign workers in that must-win state of ohio. >> we f we get folks out to vote we'll have the real change we need in this country and i'm so excited about the prospects. i've got to tell you, i'm buoyed by the spirit of the people across the nation. the enthusiasm, the support, the energy. >> we love you, man! >> thank you. (cheers and applause). >> reporter: that, of course, is the key if they can get their supporters out to vote. campaign sources i'm talking to say they're encouraged by what they're seeing. they have big turnout, their numbers will outperform what john mccain did in 2008
on sentry duty in the roads in and out of boston and guards outside -- the house and outside the homes of crown officials and with british artillery not aimed at the townhouse, the home of the colony's general corp., it was easy to understand why many bostonian felt threatened by the occupation during many more hated how some soldiers tried to stir up racial tensions in their town. of course, not everyone in boston is white. for instance, within months of their arrival in october of 1768, three british officers, probably drunk, had been discovered encouraging some african-american slaves in boston to attack their white masters. one of the drunk officers, captain john wilson, assured the black bostonian that the soldiers would come here to procure your freedom and with your help and assistance, we should be able to drive all the liberty boys to the devil. while the slaves he was talking to essentially -- ignored but that -- the soldiers' lives, but they were not in boston to free the slaves, several residents marched complaints, that captain wilson and his strong friends engaged in a co
's in boston. j. mart, if you can hear me amid the hoopla here at the newseum. you're a student at virginia, you've been e-mailing me all night about problems you're detecting in virginia. tell us the problems you see and why and what it means. >> the margins in conservative -- [inaudible] in the suburbs around richmond, chesterfield county is the biggest one, comparable to '08. in 2008 john mccain lost the commonwealth of virginia by seven points. the bottom line, barack obama can do a little bit worse across virginia and still win that state. if he wins the state, there's no path to the presidency for mitt romney. we'll get the western suburbs, look at the outer suburbs of northern virginia, the margins are comparable or a little bit better for romney than they were for mccain four years ago. so unless something big happens in the two big jurisdictions still being counted, virginia beach and fairfax up by washington, d.c., i think that the commonwealth of virginia is going to stay blue and give president obama a second term. >> republicans knew that there was trouble there, or has this al
chicago and president obama. mitt romney at his headquarters in boston. victory and concession speeches from across the country. but the night, your reaction by phone, e-mail, facebook, and twitter. live coverage begins at 8:00 eastern. you can access interactive maps and the election results, track state ballot initiatives at c- span.org. >> we are bringing you historical victory and concession speeches throughout the day here on c-span. coming up, we bring you president george conceding critic george bush conceding the race to arkansas gov. bill clinton. he speaks to supporters and family members at the westin galleria in houston. [applause] >> thank you very much. listen, we have got to get going. thank you. thank you very much. >> thank you, george. >> thank you so much. well, here's the way i see it. here's the way we see it and the country should see it -- that the people have spoken and we respect the majesty of the democratic system. i just called governor clinton over in little rock and offered my congratulations. he did run a strong campaign. i wish him well in the white house
to boston to watch the returns in a speech to supporters. we have been speaking to reporters the last couple of days here at c-span, finding out what they think is going to happen on election night. >> we're going to see a pretty consistent pattern across the country. it will start in virginia where the polls closed at 7:00 p.m. burgeon as a contested battleground state. a relatively tight race. the bottom line, it will be a close race. they're good at counting votes and we have a pretty good senate race. if we know that virginia is leaning one way or another, or toward one of the senate candidate, we're going to have a pretty good idea of what the rest of the night is good to look for. keep an eye on virginia. that is an early bellwether, canary in the coal mine for what is coming the rest of the night. in a macro sense what i am looking at is -- what we will see on november 6 is the first normal data point we have seen in eight years. we have not seen what a normal life threat looks like since george of the bush was running for reelection. we will watch how many non-white voter turnout. is
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want to start with byron york. byron, good morning to you. in boston we find you there. let's go through this. how did the president's team put together this winning coalition. >> he reassembled the coalition he had in 2008. did extremely well with the groups i had done well with before, women, especially unmarried women, blacks, latinos, a number of groups republicans thought would be discouraged and would drift away from the president, they didn't drift away from the president. going to obama rallies, they were pretty fired up and they showed up on election day. bill: you have been talking to the romney camp. what are they saying about how and where they came up short. >> i ran into romney's entire brain trust. many of them were pointing a finger at hurricane sandy. that romney had momentum in the polls and after that the momentum was broken. and some said that obama had done enormous damage in may, june and july. but there were big issues at stake in this campaign. two different views of governing, higher taxes were more regulation and more spending and the vote terse chose pr
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